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Tourette Syndrome: Not Just a Tic Disorder

Author(s): Huei-Shyong Wang

Journal: Chang Gung Medical Journal
ISSN 2072-0939

Volume: 28;
Issue: 08;
Start page: 527;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder | obsessive compulsive symptoms | tic | Tourette syndrome.

Although tics are considered the hallmark of Tourette syndrome, arguably tics may notbe the only or primary presenting symptom. For many children diagnosed with Tourette syndromeirritability, frustration intolerance, hyperactivity, inattention, ritual behavior or otherdifficulties may have been present a number of years before the appearance of tics. Childrenwith Tourette syndrome are often highly co-morbid with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder,obsessive compulsive symptoms, and other related behavioral problems that should bedetected and treated effectively. Therefore tics should not be the sole indicator or receiveover emphasis in the detection and treatment of Tourette syndrome.

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